Infrared Training Center

Friday, October 9, 2009

IR Transparent Materials for Windows and Lenses

"Which material (Quartz or Sapphire) has better transparency to IR spectrum? Is there any material that is totally transparent to entire IR spectrum?"

The chart below illustrates a variety of materials and the wavelengths at which they transmit.


Here are detailed data sheets on quartz and sapphire.
"Which IR (Near IR or Far IR ) carries more thermal energy?"
Photons at shorter wavelengths of IR carry more energy. So all other things being equal, will produce more heating on an absorbing surface.
"While traveling through the IR transparent lens will be there any damage to the lens?"
Any infrared energy absorbed by the lens will produce some heating. Anti-reflective coatings are commonly applied to lens systems to reduce absorption and improve the transparency.

For more information please contact:

ISP Optics Corporation
1 Bridge Street, suite 205
Irvington, NY 10533, USA
Tel: 914-591-3070, 800-909-4207
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  1. How do you see when looking through paintball lenses other than the normal clear ones?

  2. Hi, the graphics seems to be gone, would it be possible to get it back? That'd be great :D

  3. Sorry, think I found it at the source. Was is this ?